Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Dakota High School construction trades student Mike Mission displays a device that delivers water to fire suppression systems in a tenth of the time of conventional sprinkler systems.
Dakota High School construction trades student Mike Mission displays a device that delivers water to fire suppression systems in a tenth of the time of conventional sprinkler systems.
  • Filed Under
Governor Snyder signed the Michigan Merit Curriculum legislation into law June 25 in Macomb.

More

MACOMB, MI -- Seated in front of a student-built house destined to become a Habitat for Humanity home, Gov. Rick Snyder on June 25 signed House Bills 4465 and 4466 into law at Dakota High School in Macomb County. Promoted by Michigan Farm Bureau in the state legislature, the legislation enhances career and technical education flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC).

The bills amends the mandate that high school students study second-year algebra in a traditional class setting. Instead, it allows a career and technical education students to learn equivalent math skills through courses based on practical applications. Farm Bureau policy supports offering students increased opportunity for participation in career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The bills, Public Act 208 and 209 of 2014, mandate that:

  • CTE programs or curricula incorporating the benchmarks of algebra II may fulfill the algebra II credit.

  • Schools have the option to award the required half-credit for physical education to students engaged in extracurricular athletics or similar physical activity.

  • Foreign language is required but clarification was made that foreign language experience and classes taken before a student enters high school may be grade-equivalent and count toward the MMC foreign language credit. Schools are encouraged to ensure all students complete at least one foreign language credit in grades K-6. High school students may swap one foreign language credit for a CTE program or a fine or performing arts course. This requirement has a six-year sunset.

  • Physics and chemistry standards were altered to allow anatomy or agriscience to fulfill the requirement. Additionally, programs teaching the same benchmarks of chemistry or physics may fulfill the requirement.

  • The third science credit was clarified so that computer science or a CTE course may fulfill the requirement.

    The bills also changes personal curriculum (PC) requirements, increasing parental rights and notifications about the PC process, and establishing that PC can't be limited or discouraged by school districts. Students and counselors will now have more flexibility in creating personal curricula to recognize completion of a CTE program in nearly every required subject area.

    "This accomplishment was a team effort and could not have been achieved without everyone pulling in the same direction," said Rebecca Park, the MFB legislative counsel who helped champion the group's member-developed policy to affect more CTE flexibility.

    "Farm Bureau members responded to the call to action in December," Park said. "Members stepped up when contacts to legislators were requested. Farm Bureau worked with like-minded business groups such as Associated Builders and Contractors and the Michigan Homebuilders Association, and of course Farm Bureau's Friends of Agriculture in the legislature played a vital role. Representatives Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) and Joel Johnson (R-Clare) were the primary sponsors and deserve accolades for their steadfast commitment, as do many senators, including Sen. Casperson (R-Escanaba), who worked together to make this happen."

  • More In Hot Ag News